Cité du Vin – City of Wine museum in Bordeaux


La Cité du Vin or The City of Wine is an unavoidable museum in Bordeaux. So when we were in Bordeaux in September 2019, Danny and I visited.

The Cité du Vin is not only unavoidable for its content and story, it is also unavoidable architecturally speaking. Its tower is striking, overlooking the Garonne river and clearly visible from the historic city center.


What to expect?

The museum tells you the story of wine. Its geography, its challenges with climate and climate change, its history from the Egyptians to the phylloxera plague in the 19th Century to the World Wars and recent times. But it also explains how innovation works, how to smell wine with hands-on experiments and so on.


So the Cité du Vin is a comprehensive museum. If you book a the Belvedère tower as well, you get an included glass of wine upstairs. The Belvedère offers nice views on the Bacalan neighbourhood and the city as a whole.



We enjoyed the museum much, but we didn’t stay too long as we wanted to see other sights in Bordeaux. Also it was a Sunday morning and there was a fleet of cruise ship tourists so it was crowded.

I am sure we would have spent more time soaking up the wine (history) if it was less crowded.

Side note

Admission is included in your Bordeaux City Pass in the morning, not in the afternoon. Just so you know.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. pedmar10 says:

    I was there when it open and love it , do stop by when there as wine is my favorite alcoholic drink;;;; cheers

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Timothy says:

      Cheers is the right word here 🍷


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